Book Giveaway: Things We Couldn't Explain by Betsy Tobin

Things We Couldn't Explain

I was born sighted.  In fact, the world was mine for more than five years.   

Sometimes I think I stored up a lifetime of pictures over that time, an endlessly revolving kaleidoscope of images that I will never get through, no matter how many times I turn them round and round in my mind.

Ethan is convinced my world is brighter than his. He's decided that the world in my head is like some kind of pop-up greeting card: bigger, better, and more vibrant. But at the same time, not quite real.

Jericho, Ohio, 1979.  Beautiful blind seventeen year-old Annemarie is drawn to Ethan, and he to her, but they do not act on their impulses. When she discovers she is pregnant, Annemarie protests her innocence, and doctors soon establish the pregnancy must be the result of a genetic accident.

But then Ethan encounters a vision of the Virgin Mary, and all hell breaks loose in the small town. Over the long, hot summer a battle ensues between local church officials, who claim the pregnancy is a genuine case of Immaculate Conception, and medical specialists, who insist it has been caused by a chromosomal abnormality.

As the two lovesick teenagers are caught in a religious maelstrom, science and faith (and doubt) clash as never before. Things We Couldn’t Explain is a beautifully written, brilliantly witty coming-of-age story.

Praise for Betsy Tobin:

"Not just a good story, but one of the greatest – beautifully told." The Times

"Beautifully written.” The Independent

“Her writing has weight and resonance.” Time Out

A lyrically written epic.” Sunday Telegraph

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About the author


Betsy TobinBetsy Tobin is a novelist and playwright, born and raised in the American Midwest; she now lives in the UK. She is author of four previous novels: Bone House, short-listed for the Commonwealth Prize and winner of a Herodotus Prize in America, The Bounce, Ice Land, and Crimson China, a BBC Radio 4 Book-At-Bedtime and shortlisted for Epic Romantic Novel of the Year. She is past winner of the London Writers’ Competition for her short story Joyride. In between books Betsy also writes for stage and radio. Click here to visit Betsy Tobin's website, or for the latest news follow her on Twitter



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